Film sizes and designations

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Roll film, and related cartridge-based films were available in many different sizes, some of which lasted only a short time. The most popular was the longest-lived, type 120 was introduced in 1901 by Kodak, and is still (2010) available. Film size numbers were not used by Kodak until 1913[1]. In Japan, many film sizes had alternative names; see Japanese formats.

See also: Plate Sizes, Sheet film and Film packs.


Designation width Typical
Frame size
introduced withdrawn Alt. Names Notes

Medium format

101 3½x3½" 1895 1956 Agfa H-6[2]
102 1½x2" 1895 1933
103 3½x3½" 1897 1949 Agfa K-6
104 5x4" 1897 1949 Agfa L-6
105 2¼x3¼" 1897 1949 Agfa C-6
106 3½x3½" 1898
107 3¼x4¼" 1898 rollholder
108 4¼x3¼" 1898 rollholder
109 4x5" 1898 rollholder
110 (roll) 5x4" 1897 Rollholder; not to be confused with 110 cartridge
111 6½x4¾" 1898
116 70mm 2½x4¼" 1899 1984 Vulcan No. 232
Agfa D6 (6 or 8-exp)[2]
117 2¼x2¼" 1900 Agfa B1 (6 exp)
118 3¼×4¼" 1900 Vulcan No. 236
Agfa E6
119 3¼×4¼" 1900
120 22/5" 61,5mm 2¼x3¼", 2¼x2¼", 1⅝x2¼" 1901 Brownie No.2;
Vulcan No. 210;
Agfa B2 (6 or 8 exp)
'medium format'
"The" rollfilm, introduced by Kodak
121 15/8×2½" 1902 Agfa AB-6 (6 exp)
122 3¼×5½" 1903 Vulcan No. 244
Agfa G6 (6 exp)
Agfa G10 (10 exp)
123 4×5" 1904 Agfa J-6 (6 exp)
124 3¼×4¼" 1905 Vulcan No. 248
Agfa F6 (6 exp)
125 3¼×5½" 1905 Vulcan No. 250
126 (cartridge) 35mm 26x26mm 1963 2007 Instamatic;
Kodapak
Cartridge film; introduced by Kodak
126 (roll) 4½inches 1906 1949
127 4cm 4x4cm,4x6cm,3x4cm 1912 Vest Pocket film
Agfa A8 (8 exp)
Introduced by Kodak
128 2¼×1½" 1913 Agfa 0-6 (6 exp)
129 5x8cm 1913 1951 Agfa N-6 (6 exp)
130 27/8×47/8 1916 Agfa M6 (6 exp)
220 6cm 6x6cm 1965 Similar to 120, but without the paper backing, allowing double-length
616 70mm 2½x4¼" 1932 1984 almost like 116 film but slimmer spool
620 6cm (2¼") 6x9cm (2¼×3¼") 1931 1995 A version of 120 film with a slimmer spool, introduced by Kodak, to allow smaller cameras
70mm based on perforated movie film; alternate medium format film size
Ensign 2¼ 6cm 6x9cm Ensign version of 120
F.16 6.5x11cm (2½×4¼") Ferrania version of 116 or 616
P16 6.5x11cm (2½×4¼") Premier brand of 116
Rajar No. 6 6cm Introduced by APeM; square-drive spool
Selo 20 6cm 6x6/6x9cm Ilford version of 120
Selo 27 4cm 4x4cm Ilford version of 127
Y20 6cm 6x6/6x9cm Dufay version of 120
Z20 6cm 6x9cm Ilford brand of 620

35mm

135 35mm 24x36mm 35mm;
miniature
"standard" 35mm film cassettes with sprocket holes
Memo 35mm 18x23mm 1926/7 Agfa/Ansco 50-exp film for the Ansco Memo
Karat 35mm c.1936 c.1948 Agfa's predecessor to Rapid film
Rapid 35mm 1964 Rapid-load dual-cassette system introduced by Afga
SL 35mm Schnell Lade; Eastern-bloc version of Rapid film; unperforated
Bolta 35mm unperforated, paper-backed
828 35mm 28×40mm 1935 Introduced by Kodak
Ensign E10 35mm 3.5x4.5cm used by the Ensign Midget
paperbacked
35mm rollfilm
35mm used by Sida Extra, Liliput, and Unette

Subminiature

8mm subminiature Based on 8mm cine film. A few Japanese cameras; see 8mm film category
9.5mm subminiature A few Japanese cameras such as the Doryu 1, Fujica 8×11mm SLR and the German Minox range; see 9.5mm film category
16mm subminiature several film cartridge systems, for example for Edixa 16, Kiev-30 or Minolta 16
17.5mm 14x14mm 1937 Japanese half-35mm rollfilm size for Hit-type cameras
110 (cartridge) 16mm 13x17mm 1972 2009[3] Pocket resumed production in 2012.
Disc film 8x10.5mm 1982 c.1990
IX240 24mm 30.2x16.7mm 1996 APS Introduced by Kodak, Fujifilm and others

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Notes

  1. Coe, Brian, Kodak Cameras, the First Hundred Years, Hove Foto Books, 1988, p.298
  2. 2.0 2.1 Agfa Ansco Photographic Materials catalogue, circa 1930 reproduced at Pierce Vaubel; p11. The number in the Agfa sizes gives the number of exposures, for the most part: in some cases this has been overtaken by the introduction of half-frame or square-format cameras (thus A8 is 127 film for 8 exposures 4x6.5 cm in Agfa's only 127 camera, the Billy 0). B2 (Kodak 120) and D6 film (Kodak 116) were for some reason made in both 6- and 8-exposure rolls.
  3. Sayonara 110 film